September 09, 2009
| by Stephen Hopkins
Filling a room with sound without adding conspicuously large speakers that end up throwing off the room’s aesthetic is always a balancing act (especially when there is a significant other’s opinion involved). There are tons of option to keep the AV footprint to a minimum. Small satellite speakers are the most common compromise people make, but efficiency (how loud a speaker plays given a certain amount of power) is usually major compromise ... but that’s not in the case of Klipsch’s perennial favorite Quintet line of speakers which happen to be on sale at Vanns.
The Quintet III 5-channel is the third iteration of this popular and potent little home theater speaker set. It includes four tiny satellite speakers consisting of 3.5” woofers and 3/4” Tractrix Horn tweeters, as well as a center channel consisting of two of the same 3.5” woofers and the same 3/4” horn tweeter. The horn-loaded Tractrix tweeter is the key to these little guys’ 91db/w/m sensitivity, allowing them to be played at very loud levels with minimum amounts of amplifier power.
The Quintet III 5.0 speaker set is currently on sale for $249.88, but you can bundle up with a Klipsch 12” SUB12 and 50’ of AudioQuest flat speaker cable for $599.88 even more savings.
If you want to take a step up the Quintet line, Vanns also has the Quintet SL 5-channel speaker package on sale for $399.88. These share the same drivers, but the front three speakers are larger identical ported cabinets that are even more efficient (93db/w/m), extend even lower (80hz, ideal for a 100hz crossover), and are ideal to flank a wall-mounted Plasma or LCD display.
Check out the bundles available with this set too, one of which includes the speakers, SUB12 subwoofer, and Denon 1610 AVR for only $999.88. The Denon 1610 AVR is particularly capable for an entry-level 5.1 AVR and includes 3 HDMI inputs, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-MA decoding, analog-to-HDMI video conversion, and Audyssey MultiEQ room-correction.
All prices include free shipping and are, by a fairly wide margin, the lowest authorized prices available online.
Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.